Bears take charge
CLERMONT hooker Jared Williams steered the Bears to a convincing 36-16 win over Bluff Rabbitohs at the weekend.
Chalking up no less than three tries for the home-town Clermont crowd, the utility bamboozled all with one 80m break through broken defence to score.
Williams’ efforts helped restore a momentary slip in concentration, in what was an overall “solid” Bears performance against a heavy Bluff pack.
“We were a bit gun-shy at the start,” Clermont coach Rob Williams said. “Bluff is a big side and they came out pretty hard.
“We were strong in defence, strong in the middle - apart from a bit of a lapse at half-time I was very happy.”
Bluff co-coach Wayne Saunders said they lacked match fitness when it mattered most, a shortfall which was proving to be the Rabbitohs’ Achilles heel throughout much of the 2011 season.
Clermont coach Rob Williams said their outlook remained optimistically bright for the weeks ahead as the Bears hunt down their premiership prospects.
“We’re getting the numbers to training and starting to come good at the right end of the season,” he said. “On our day we can field a pretty fair squad and I think we’re an even chance for this year’s finals.”
Clermont also welcomed back an injured Bear who was airlifted to Townsville hospital following a concussion earlier this month. It’s understood the player is in good spirits and on the mend.